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Got Verbosity? No? Then Get some!

Got Verbosity? No? Then Get some!.

Got Verbosity? No? Then Get some!

 

 What I mean is get “wordy” to get inspired. My friend is an excellent writer you can check out her blog here http//www.frugoal.wordpress.com.  It was her birthday and I wanted to make her something to encourage her to always continue to write, so I got “wordy”. I went to the dollar store and bought a dictionary. I read it cover to cover, which only took about 2 hours, and tore out any words that reminded me of her writing style i.e., hilarious, zeal, imaginative, etc., and proceeded to make her a motivational canvas for her writing room. (Side note: I wouldn’t ordinarily promote the destruction of any book, but this one was $1, and not a good dictionary) Image

 

This was the end result. I painted the canvas, mod podged the words, distressed them, created a Victorian woman silhouette from polymer clay, added gears and such to emulate the ol’ brain gears churning, added a lock on the brain and a key on the neck to denote that she has the key to unlock her creativity anytime she wants, made a feather plume from polymer clay and used a pen nib, and created the letters with a riveted look from polymer clay as well to keep with the steampunk vibe.

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Whew, so there is most of the process, but how does it all relate to verbosity and creativity?

If you’re feeling stuck creatively, whether it be as a writer, artist, actor, musician or whatever, pick up a dictionary and thumb through it. There are so many words that can spark just the right inspiration at the right moment. The key is to be open. Don’t go looking for a specific word. Browse, linger, contemplate until the light bulb turns on. And believe me it will.

Don’t believe me? Let’s do an example.

I just opened my $1 “inspiration flint” and found the word manifest. The first phrase that comes to mind is manifest destiny. That makes me think of old ships, that makes me think of pirates and all kinds of fun stuff to make. But wait, what else does it mean? Evident to the senses esp. the sight; obvious to the understanding. Ok, so now I’m thinking about the human form and the five senses. Or maybe I could make something that is obscured or abstract. Now are you feeling me?

As an artist I would use the dictionary words to create an inspiration board with words I rarely if ever hear. As an actor I would practice portraying whatever emotion or character  that comes to mind to hone my skills, as a musician (well, I’m not) but I would guess I would try to create a piece of music that creates the vibe or emotion that a particular word conveys. Whoever you are or whatever you do getting “wordy” can help you with your creative process.

So get a cheap dictionary and make some art. I’m dying to see what words inspire you! Please let me know. Right now I’m really enjoying playing with the word malevolent. Better watch out!